Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips and Tenacious D are among the bands paying tribute to The Who at this year’s VH1 Rock Honors. (It tapes July 12 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion and airs on July 17.) And with rehearsals well under way, word is starting to get out about the performances. An insider tells EW.com that Pearl Jam will be accompanied by a horn section and tackle “The Real Me” and “Love, Reign O’er Me,” while the Foo Fighters are slated to take on “Bargain” and
“Young Man Blues.” That is if frontman Dave Grohl’s voice holds up. Only two days into the
band’s latest U.S. tour, we hear Grohl is having serious throat issues and may have to turn over vocal duties to
drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Among the comedic talent to appear in the show: Tenacious D will rock “Squeeze Box”; Adam Sandler goes acoustic on “Magic Bus”; and The Office’s Rainn Wilson is planning something wacky with a pinball machine. As for the Who’s rumored five-song set? The band is either keeping it a secret or still haven’t decided. At rehearsals on Friday, they ran through more than 10 songs, including “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Baba O’Reilly, “Who Are You,” “Summertime Blues,” and “Behind Blue Eyes.” According to Rolling Stone, who interviewed singer Roger Daltrey earlier this week, the band may break out the 1976 song “Slip Kid” (off of The Who By Numbers) which has never been performed live. But even if the honorees choose a more obscure number to play for this loyal crowd of disciples, what viewers end up seeing at home is another matter. Said Daltrey: “What they use on the TV will probably be the same old stuff.”